The NHS is advertising thousands of jobs at the moment to help their Covid response – and not all of them require medical training.
You don’t need to spend years obtaining degrees and qualifications to become a pharmacist, nurse or doctor if you want to work for the NHS.
There are a number of other challenging roles within the organisation.
One that’s recently surfaced amid the pandemic is the Coronavirus Tester. Training will be provided for successful applicants. PPE is also provided to those working in the role.
Flexibility and adaptability is required in the role, with part-time shifts over seven days available.
Passion about patient care and compliant to safety rules is necessary.
However, applicants must be in good health, and not classified as a person in the ‘at risk’ category.
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Medical Laboratory Assistants are responsible for specimen administration, manage enquiry handling and booking appointments, .and collecting blood samples.
Although previous experience isn’t necessarily required, some experience in the field of pathology or healthcare is favourable. However, training and assessment is available in most of the Medical Laboratory Assistant jobs.
Other essential attributes for this job include: a key eye for detail, customer service and communication skills.
Healthcare Assistants, or HCAs, support doctors and nurses by providing care for patients.
Typically found working within hospitals and doctors’ surgeries, the work they do is vital in ensuring that patients have the most comfortable stay possible.
Duties for a HCA including washing and dressing, making beds, serving food and taking measurements like temperatures and monitoring pulse rates.
Although previous experience or qualifications may help, it is possible to become a Healthcare Assistant as a trainee without any formal exams. There are also a number of apprenticeship schemes.
Bookings Call Handler
Whilst a medical qualification isn’t needed, customer service experience is desirable for this role.
The role requires applicants to be comfortable on the telephone and to investigate and resolve customer enquires.
This job would suit someone who is flexible with the ability to work on a shift-based pattern.
Medical Secretaries help to schedule appointments and deal with all the day-to-day admin that ensures doctors and nurses can do their jobs as effectively as possible.
Despite previous admin experience being desirable, determination to do well in the role is essential, and you do have to know medical terminology.
Training is available for those not currently in the sector.
Further down the line, workers can specialise in certain areas, such as medical transcription, and move on to the more experienced of Medical Assistant, and possibly even management.